Anniversary of Chernobyl: “I, the liquidator of the second category and receive 150 UAH per month” [photo]
Politicians, writers, public figures reflect on how the disaster at Chernobyl changed their lives.
Volodymyr viatrovych, Director of the Institute of national remembrance:
“Such a catastrophe as the Chernobyl accident, could not be. It was not the result of operator error that did something wrong. This was the result of a system error – error which was itself the Soviet system. The construction of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant caused constant problems, and this was reported in the communications of the KGB leadership of the party. But, as always in the Soviet Union, wanted to build a faster than planned. Everyone wanted to curry favor with the higher boss, and so all the time, accelerated the pace of construction. KGB memoranda that accompanied the construction, just rife with information that used poor quality materials, theft of equipment that is need of pipes or brick are other, and so on. And all this only in order to get to the anniversary,” in an interview with “Radio Liberty”.
George Tooke, the Governor of Luhansk region:
“A sad mood.
Unfortunately, this tragedy has not passed by me.
Andrew studied in a parallel class with me, he was involved in the elimination from the first days.
Remember how dangerous the plot: the hole in the roof of the station, and on the roof were radioactive debris. It was impossible to be break. But then who knew anything about the damn radiation?
Andrew was under a break to smoke …For a couple of months he was gone. He was only 24 years”.
Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine:
Let the memories of the Chernobyl tragedy unites all Ukrainians in our collective memory.
The President shared a short video, filmed in Chernobyl.
Taras Kremin, MP:
For me the disaster at Chernobyl?
It is a crime of the totalitarian regime against the Ukrainian people and the world community;
it is a global adventure of the Kremlin on a 4-m unit in the heart of Europe;
it is the popping of thousands of defenseless against the radiation of soldiers – “bio power” – the path of suffering and death;
it’s a criminal delay in the notification and evacuation;
this is the great sorrow of the atomic age;
this disease my family and friends from Chernigov and the whole of our woodlands.
At the same time, the accident is the last straw for a lot of patience for my long-suffering people, which began with the action of the public protest against the silencing of the truth about Chernobyl, where, in fact, was born the movement for the independence of Ukraine.”
Yuri Izdryk, writer:
“They all immediately felt the effect and had problems. My platoon had about 10% of people. Anyone who has come into the zone with some sore – felt aggravation. If someone had heart problems, I was the clinical core. In addition, there were older people, so they died. I had migraine attacks, didn’t require any medicine but the wet compress of warm milk. Now my sight fell to 3%, and it turns out to be not a problem of ophthalmology, and the problem of the brain. The doctors say that it may be associated with Chernobyl. But many years have passed, who knows where it came from…
I the liquidator of the second category, moreover, that I receive a minimum pension in the amount of 1,000 hryvnia, it also remove. Removed last subsidiarie money from reasons which I am not completely able to understand… But the pension Fund was advised to go to court. I’ve been resisting because I hate it, but still went to court. As a result, had to raise a scandal in Kalush to win the case. Pension Fund immediately filed an appeal in the court of Appeal in Lviv. The case is already the second year’s laying there. It really is absurd. I remain registered as a liquidator, and every month to get a card assistance for treatment in the amount of 150 UAH. This is my compensation,” in an interview with “Veja”.
How much cost Ukraine the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant
Before the tragedy at Fukushima, the accident at Chernobyl was the largest nuclear disaster in human history. Its effects are not fully studied so far, and some historians say that along with other factors the consequences of the accident at Chernobyl in particular led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Too expensive was the activities to resettle people from the exclusion Zone and preservation of the reactor.